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Rapid Redesign: <6 Months with a new Design System

SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit, the biggest stakeholder of the SOS Children’s Villages International family decided to refresh its digital presence. Due to their sheer size, they have a set of their own software portfolio.

WHO: SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit

WHAT: End-to-End Redesign

WHEN: 02/2019 – 11/2019

SOS Children's Villages Germany
SOS Children's Villages Before

a decision postponed for many years

The Before

Facing the challenge of an outdated digital platform, SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit struggled with inefficiencies in content management and user interaction. The existing design lacked cohesion, hindering the organization’s ability to effectively communicate its mission and engage with users.

  • 3 x Websites
  • Webshop
  • Crowdfunding platform
  • Job Portal
  • Email CMS System
  • last official redesign was in 2005
  • 3 unsuccessful attemts over the years to refresh the systems.

the token-based design system

The Smart Choice for Software Design

Recognizing the need for a comprehensive overhaul, SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit made the strategic decision to adopt a token-based design system for it’s software portfolio. 

This forward-thinking approach promised to expedite the redesign process while ensuring consistency and scalability across their enterprise platform.

Stefan Kyurkchiev

Poor design decisions are expensive

Why they chose me?

With a proven track record in implementing innovative design solutions within the umbrella organization SOS Children’s Villages International, I was selected to spearhead the transformation.

My expertise in token-based design systems and commitment to delivering efficient, impactful solutions made me the ideal partner for SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit’s ambitious project. I managed the project by working in a team with:

  • 3 in-house teams in SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit
  • 3 in-house Full-Stack Developers
  • External Design Agency + 1 in-house designer

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 – OCTOBER 31, 2019

The Transformation

Over a period of <6 months, I collaborated and managed closely with the SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit team, a local Design Agency (Studio Good – Berlin) and a team of 3 Full-stack Developers team to execute the redesign initiative.

Leveraging the power of token-based design we completed the task on time enabling streamlined workflows, optimized user experiences, and revitalized the organization’s digital presence.

We used an immersed development model since we had to synchronize multiple teams and needs – fundraising/marketing, communication, brand, internal & external communication in addition to the development team.


1. Size

Managing a large-scale enterprise system posed challenges in terms of organization and implementation, requiring meticulous planning and execution.

2. Time

With a tight timeline before the crucial fundraising season, there was immense pressure to deliver the redesign efficiently without compromising quality.

3. UX

Ensuring the new design was accessible to all users, including those with disabilities, while maintaining optimal usability presented a significant challenge.

Features and Enhancements:

The After

The results of the transformation were profound. SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit’s digital platform emerged with a cohesive, modern design that resonated with users and effectively communicated the organization’s mission.

Content management became more intuitive, empowering staff to deliver timely, impactful messages to their global audience.

  • 65 components
  • 7 page types
  • 20+ page Templates
  • 100+ compositions
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